My poor fingers :(

  • Tyinstl

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    Feb 23, 2010 6:32 AM GMT
    My lifting is limited by my weak fingers. I had to stop shrugs a little early today, not because my shoulders were pushed to the limit but because my fingers just couldn't hold on anymore. My wrists hurt too at times, especially during bench and military press.

    Anything I can do? Or am i just being a little girl?
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 23, 2010 1:35 PM GMT
    http://www.realjock.com/article/1208/

    That's an article on increasing forearm strength, which is a big part of hand strength since the back of your hand and your fingers themselves don't have any muscles in them, only ligaments (excluding the thumb to a certain extent). If you strengthen your forearms, you should be able to lift longer and with heavier weights because your fingers won't give out so quickly.
  • UncleverName

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    Feb 23, 2010 1:36 PM GMT
    Assuming you don't have any other serious wrist problems, try throwing in some farmers walks. That's where you grip a weight plate in each hand and walk with them for as long as your grip will allow. Best to get someone else to time you, or to use your phone/timer to time yourself.

    Something like this:



    Except use weight plates instead of something with a handle. And preferably weight plates without a lip, as you want to hold them up by squeezing, not by your finger nails.

    Something else you can do is pull-ups with towels. Wrap two towels where you'd normally put your hands, and grab onto the bottoms of the towels instead.
  • calibro

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    Feb 23, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    Tyinstl saidMy lifting is limited by my weak fingers. I had to stop shrugs a little early today, not because my shoulders were pushed to the limit but because my fingers just couldn't hold on anymore. My wrists hurt too at times, especially during bench and military press.

    Anything I can do? Or am i just being a little girl?


    for certain exercises you can use lifting straps.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 23, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    Wear lifting gloves, and avoid exercises that use the fingers. There are numerous exercises for every body part where you are primarily using the palm of the hand without using any wrist movements or fingers. For shoulders it would be dips, shoulder press, etc.
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    Feb 24, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    I think lifting gloves might help

    Maybe pullups will help strengthen the fingers?
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    Feb 24, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    I'll bet the computer is at fault. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but arthritis can strike at any age. Is the problem only when you lift or is it on-going?
  • UncleverName

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    Feb 24, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    It could actually be a rotator cuff problem. I recently had a physiotherapist test my grip, and he found that my right grip was much weaker than my left, which is whack because I'm right handed.
    He figured out that my right rotator cuff wasn't firing properly, and I've been trying to retrain it to work properly. My grips are now equivalent in strength.

    Maybe you should see a professional icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 24, 2010 5:30 PM GMT
    Tyinstl saidAnything I can do? Or am i just being a little girl?

    Not a little girl, just rational and realistic. Lots of good advice above, though at your age arthritis is a lower probability, yet not totally impossible. An X-ray would eliminate that possibility.

    I would endorse the exercise suggestions to strengthen the grip, as well as wearing gloves. I got my fierce grip from a lifetime of motorcycling, where you hold the handlebars for hours at a time, and operate the brake and clutch levers. People are always astonished that I have a grip like a vise, despite being weak in every other regard, so it is possible for anyone to improve their hand strength.
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    Feb 25, 2010 5:59 AM GMT
    Get some putty. Squeeze it. You'll be better in no time.